What’s At Stake for Cancer Survivors: The Affordable Care Act


The United States Supreme Court is expected to release a ruling on the constitutionality of what has become known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this Thursday. The ACA has provided major support to people affected by cancer including:

  • Pre-exsisting Conditions: The law currently prohibits private insurance companies from enacting pre-existing condition exclusions for children 18 and younger.
  • Can’t be dropped: Health plans are now prohibited from dropping a person from coverage when they become sick.
  • No Lifetime Caps: Individual and group plans are now prohibited from placing lifetime caps on health insurance benefits.
  • Young Adults: Young adults are now able to be covered under their parents’ insurance policy until their 26th birthday.
  • Preventive Services Coverage: The law now requires Medicare and new private plans to cover preventive services like breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening with no co-pays and with preventive services exempt from deductibles.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Director of Public Policy, Loyce Pace-Bass, discusses what is at stake for people affected by cancer.

If you are concerned about what the Supreme Court decision could mean for you personally, please call LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services at 1-855-220-7777 or go online to request information.

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